Siding is the first layer of protection in keeping your home, residents, and possessions safe. It also plays a significant role in the first impression that your house makes on visitors and passersby. And that’s why replacing the siding on your home is a meaningful investment in your safety and its overall curb appeal.
In order to make sure that this investment gives you everything you’re looking for, it’s critical that you partner with the right siding contractor. With such a sizable price tag — and significant repercussions if the job is done poorly — it pays to do your homework before you hire a contractor!
The Rolox Home Service team provides every client with personalized service, highly responsive communication, and the highest quality of installations. As you choose the best contractor to partner with, we encourage you to consider these four questions before hiring a siding replacement contractor.
1. Should I choose a local or out-of-state siding company?
When a local or regional siding company takes on a project, they’re putting their reputation on the line because they work on the homes in their communities. This increase in accountability and shared sense of local pride helps ensure homeowners end up with the best available services.
By choosing a local siding company, you can ask for a list of recently completed projects and then travel to nearby areas to see the company’s work in person. The contractors will also be able to easily address any problems that might arise because of their proximity, offer more personalized service options, and have a higher response time to any questions or problems that may arise.
2. What qualifications does a siding company need?
One of the first things to look for in a reputable siding company is their proof of insurance, bonds, license, and references. Insurance will help protect the workers who are bringing your siding visions to life, while bonding and licensing prove that third parties have signed off on the validity of their skills.
By checking each of these qualification boxes, a siding company is helping you confirm that their team is knowledgeable and experienced in the type of work that you’re looking for. Keep in mind that it’s critical for a siding replacement job to be done correctly. Not only can a botched job downgrade your curb appeal, but it can also lead to extensive damage to your home if not done correctly.
3. What types of siding are available?
When it comes to siding, there is an abundance of options — from different shapes, sizes, colors, and levels of durability. Before you connect with any prospective contractor teams, we encourage you to do some research on your own and begin determining which siding options might be a good fit for your needs.
There are clear pros and cons for three of the most popular siding options — Vinyl, composite, and natural wood. Here is what homeowners should consider regarding each siding type:
- Vinyl siding comes in a wide variety of options and is one of the most affordable siding types, but it is not known for its long-term durability.
- Composite siding is one of the most durable siding options available and it has a great warranty, but the higher price point and limited color choices can turn some people away.
- Natural wood siding is the easiest option when it comes to repairs and new paint, but it does require the highest level of long-term maintenance.
No matter what option you choose, it’s important to ask about the available warranties, the materials and the workmanship of the contractors.
4. What’s your budget for a siding replacement?
The first step is to decide if you have a very specific budget that you have to adhere to, or if you can have a more flexible budget. As you’re researching and connecting with different contractors, be sure to get multiple estimates for your siding replacement. Research shows that the average cost of a full house siding replacement is around $11,000. Contractors should be charging a competitive rate, rather than offering rock-bottoms for low-quality services or pushing the price tag as high as possible. Especially for a local siding company, competitive pricing is imperative. Without fair pricing, they’ll never be able to garner business on a smaller scale.
Ready to replace your home’s siding?
After you’ve worked through your answers for each of these questions, you’ll be prepared to begin narrowing down the siding replacement contractor that you most want to work with. Throughout that process, keep Rolox Home Services in mind. We offer a free in-home estimate and take pride in offering high-quality results to every single one of our customers.
Contact our team today to schedule your inspection and estimate!